With how busy we get every day, sometimes we forget to take a moment to care for our skin. Our skin is our largest organ, so we should treat it with the respect it deserves! There is a dizzying amount of skincare options out there, some of them ranging from just a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. Good skincare doesn't have to be expensive – here are 10 budget-friendly skincare hacks that will keep your skin healthy without breaking the bank.
10 Aloe Vera
We've all used aloe vera gel at one point in our lives or another – there's nothing like it to soothe lobster red skin that we got from spending too much time in the sun. But there's no need to go out and buy prepackaged tubs and tubes of aloe vera gel – you can simply buy your own aloe vera plant for $5-$10. That way, you don't have to ever worry about expiration dates – you can just take a leaf and use the gel as needed! Aloe vera gel is also good as a lightweight moisturizer in the summer – it feels even better if you leave it in the fridge first.
9 Coconut Oil
If aloe vera gel is too light of a moisturizer for you, coconut oil might help with that. Coconut oil is an occlusive, meaning it prevents moisture from evaporating from the skin. So if you like, you could put on a layer of coconut oil after a layer of aloe vera gel to maximize hydration for your skin. You can even use coconut oil as a replacement for butter and other oils that you'd usually use in your cooking – what's not to like? Don't forget to patch test first – this one might not be for everyone.
8 Sugar Lip Scrub
We often overlook our lips during our skincare routines or only apply lip balm - exfoliation is important too if you want to keep your lips soft. Not to worry – making a scrub to exfoliate your lips is easy. Simply add a teaspoon of honey to two teaspoons of sugar. The honey will moisturize while the sugar will scrub away all the dead dry skin on your lips. If you don't happen to have honey on hand, you can simply make a paste out of olive oil and sugar instead! These are common ingredients in any home, so you don't have to spend any extra money on taking care of your lips!
7 Rice Water Conditioner
Most of us dump the water we use to wash our rice down the drain but did you know you can use it as a conditioner? It's simple – rinse your rice once to get rid of dirt and pesticides and discard that water. Then, when you rinse a second time, swirl the rice around thoroughly – the water should be cloudy at this point. The next time you shower, you can massage the rice water into your hair starting from the roots down and leave it in for about 15 minutes. Now you have cheap conditioner and you've reduced the plastic bottles you throw out!
6 Oatmeal Mask
Oatmeal doesn't just have to be breakfast – you can also use as a soothing face mask for irritated or troubled skin. The phenols contained in oatmeal have anti-inflammatory properties! Simply add equal parts honey and oatmeal together and apply it to your face. It's important to remember to use unprocessed oatmeal and raw organic honey or you might not get the effects you want...
5 Turmeric Mask
Turmeric masks are often used to heal blemishes and brighten skin. The turmeric you use in making this mask is the same as the kind you use to cook with. You really don't need much and you can often buy turmeric powder for $10 or less. Simply add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to a few tablespoons of plain yogurt (no added sugar!). The yogurt will help prevent staining. Applying a thin layer will also help ensure that your skin doesn't get stained. Turmeric is fat soluble so if it does stain, adding more yogurt to your face should help.
4 Changing Your Pillowcase Often
This one might seem obvious but you'd be surprised as to how many people neglect to change their pillowcases. The oil and dirt from your hair and face build up fast! If you break out often, changing your pillowcase weekly (or even better – daily) might make a big difference in how much you break out. You can buy pillowcases for cheap at the dollar store or if you'd rather not, you can even lay out a large towel over your pillow to change out every day instead of changing pillow slips.
3 DIY Acne Stickers
Acne stickers are excellent for taking the gunk out of pimples that have burst – they're also good for keeping you from picking at your face. The downside is that they're a bit pricey for only a few stickers. Instead, you can buy sheets of hydrocolloid band-aids which have the same effect but are more cost effective per unit. Plus, you can use the band-aids on any other injuries you have.
2 Use Your Finished Sheet Mask For The Rest Of Your Body
Often, when people are finished with their sheet masks they throw it out straight away. You can make the most out of your sheet mask experience by placing your sheet mask on other parts of the body once you've finished having it on your face. You can take the leftover essence in the package too for the same purpose. It's a good way to get the most bang for your buck!
1 Tea Bags For Your Under Eye Puffiness
Don't throw your old tea bags out when you're finished drinking your tea! Once your tea bags have cooled, you can place them underneath your eyes to help reduce any puffiness. The caffeine and tannins in tea are responsible for this – they help draw out fluid!
We hope that these hacks help you and improve your skincare routine! Had you heard of these tricks before? Will you try these hacks? Let us know in the comments!
Sources: We Tell You How, Best Herbal Health, Pink Kale, Angelina for Style, Read and Digest, Home Made Facial Masks For Acne, Made Everyday with Dana, Sum Fashions, Belmondo Beauty Public Domain Pictures